Have you ever wondered how to start freelancing? If you are looking to launch your freelancing career then the following 4 step guide might be just what you are looking for.
Step 1: Start with a game plan
Picture the next scene:
“Bob works as a web developer and decides that he wants to try freelancing to get a side income.
Now what is the first thing that he needs to do?
Get a game plan of course! This is important because you need to know what your goal is and how to reach it.
Bob decides he wants to get an extra $1,000 per month. But how can he do this? Does he even qualify to work on the side?
He then remembers a particular problem that a client had from his day job. This client wasn’t able to get his contact form to send out emails when people reached out to him. This caused him to lose out on potential clients and that stinged..
Bob had worked all day to find a solution to his problem and fondly remembers how happy the client was once it worked..
Bob decides to help other people in need of his developer skills.”
What can you learn from this example? In order to start your freelancing business you need the following:
- A goal that you know you can achieve and helps to motivate you
- A skill that you can sell to your target market
- A problem in the market that you can solve
If you fulfill these conditions then it is very likely you can become a successful freelancer as well.
Step 2: Getting clients
After you are done with step 1.. the next step for you to start a freelancing career would be to find clients to work with.
You can find clients almost anywhere. A good way to get started is to find local companies that could use your skill and to reach out to them.
Call them or email them and if they respond, try to schedule a meeting to show them what you can do for them.
Another way to get clients is through a freelancing website like Freelancer or Upwork. These websites are great to get new clients because they are already there and eager to hire a dependable worker.
The next step is to write a killer proposal that helps you reel clients in..
Step 3: Getting the job
“I have 13 years of experience as a designer and know how to use various programs like Adobe Photoshop, Sketch and Ilustrator.”
This is not how you get the job. In fact, the client couldn’t care less about what your experience is and what programs you use.
The only thing that interests him or her is what you can do for them. It doesn’t matter what program you use as long as he gets his new logo done in time.
Instead of trying to sell yourself, try to focus on the benefits that the clients get when they hire you.
Benefits such as more visitors to his website, a new sleek design that improves user experience or a crafty piece of writing that will help entice new customers will be much more successful then listing your skills.
Do you understand what I mean? Good! The next and final step in this mini guide on how to start freelancing would be..
Step 4: Getting the job done
The final step is to get the job done. One thing that comes to mind is to under promise and over deliver to clients.
This is a surefire way to increase satisfaction and to get more work in the future.
A few more tips that could be useful during your project are:
- Make sure to communicate on time and often
- Asking for feedback during the project(if applicable)
- Try to think from a uses point of view to see what is effective or useful
So during this mini guide we have done the following:
- Thinking about how to get started by solving a problem
- Discovered where to find new clients
- How to think in benefits in order to seduce clients
- Tips on getting the job done
Hopefully by now you have a better understanding on how to start freelancing.
If you are interested in getting more in-depth information on how to start freelancing, consider taking a look at Freelance Masterminds.
In that course I explain step by step on how to start your freelancing career, how to create an outstanding profile, what to say during interviews and most importantly.. how to close the deal.
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